Among the ICAA’s most impactful and enduring education models is its Intensive Program in Classical Architecture – a seven to ten day course of study that introduces participants to the ICAA’s core curriculum through coursework in the classical orders, composition, proportion, drafting, observational drawing, and the literature of classical architecture.

Participants learn how to draw, render, and compose with the classical language to form an understanding of the basic theoretical tenets on which the classical tradition is founded. Instruction is provided by professionals and educators active in the field of classical design. Classroom hours are balanced between studio work, lectures, and guided tours and visits. The Intensive program also satisfies the core course requirements for the ICAA’s Certificate in Classical Architecture.

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ICAA-NC Historic Building Trades Workshop

Contributed by Philip Goodwin. All images by Philip Goodwin unless attributed otherwise.

On April 9, 2016, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – North Carolina and the Salem College Historic Preservation Program sponsored a Historic Building Trades Workshop at Salem College in Winston Salem, NC. Three master professionals in plaster work, woodworking, and brick masonry addressed historic restoration work through demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities. Attendance expectations were exceeded with 43 students, teachers, building professionals, and homeowners interested in historic preservation attending the event.


Originally founded as Salem College and Academy for women in 1772, the college is ranked as the oldest women’s college in the nation. The lovely campus near downtown Winston-Salem is a treasure of meticulously-maintained  historic buildings and structures.


Heather Fearnbach, Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program at Salem College, kicked off the event. The program offers a Historic Preservation Certificate to students interested in the stewardship of historic structures. Numerous students working on their Certificates attended the event.

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Designing the Traditional Interior, with James S. Collins
Presented by the ICAA, North Carolina Chapter in Association with
AIA Asheville and the Preservation Society of Asheville

Thursday, May 12, 2016 • 2:00-4:15p
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
337 Charlotte St.
Asheville, NC

This course will introduce the fundamental philosophy and elements of traditional architecture and their interiors. Participants will learn the design principles that are common to the great buildings and interiors of the past. Topics will include learning the appropriate use and configuration of columns, cornices, mantle pieces, windows and doors.

Cost/Reservations: Free

Available Learning Credits: 2 HSW LU


About the Instructor:

James S. Collins is an architect, educator and historic preservationist. He has taught this class for the Southeast, Charlotte, Charleston, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia Chapters of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. He wrote the introductory essay for the 2000 edition of the Monograph of the Work of Mellor, Meigs & Howe originally published in 1923. His firm’s projects have been featured in New Old House, Period Homes and Washington Life magazines and in A Decade of Art and Architecture. He practices in New York City and Greensboro, North Carolina.


Salem College and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, North Carolina Chapter present master professionals in wood working, brick masonry and plaster work. These craftspeople will address typical problems and solutions found when working with historic building materials through demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities. The program is designed for those involved with historic sites and institutions; historic property owners; homeowners renovating their houses; builders and contractors; architects and interior designers; and students in historic preservation, history, museum studies and the allied arts. No training or experience is required.


About the Instructors:

Daniel Chasse is an educator and woodworker who specializes in the restoration of historic homes. He is the lead preservation trades instructor at Edgecombe Community College.

Wayne Thompson is an historic masonry specialist with extensive experience in maintaining historic brick masonry and appropriate masonry repairs of historic projects and new traditional brick work.

Patrick Webb has taught as a Professor of Plaster Work at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston. He serves as technical consultant to heritage plaster manufacturer Platres Vieujot, assisting them in proper plaster systems and specifications.


Registration Deadline: April 4, 2016
Free for Salem College Students, Faculty and Staff
$30.00 for Members of ICAA
$45.00 for Non-Members
Complimentary Refreshments and Box Lunches


6207 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28215
704-602-4894 |

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The North Carolina AIA is hosting a live online webinar this month.

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Designing the Traditional Interior

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Sponsored by: The Institute for Classical Architecture & Art, NC Chapter

Learning Units: 1.5 HSW
The course will introduce the fundamental philosophy and elements of traditional architecture and their interiors. Participants will learn the design principles that are common to the great buildings and interiors of the past. Topics will include learning the appropriate use and configuration of columns, cornices, chimney pieces, windows and doors.

Cost: Free for AIA Members
$35 for Non-AIA Members



The Sarah P. Duke Gardens welcomed the Traditional Building Conference to Durham, NC December 1-2, 2015. The North Carolina Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art was actively involved in the planning of the event, which was themed Materials and Methods. Several presentations, some of which included active participation, included information about plaster, masonry, landscape design, Duke University’s campus design, Duke University’s ongoing construction/preservation projects, landscape design, preservation of the U.S. Capitol, and more. For more information about the conference, see

photo: Greg Shue
Steps in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University
photo: Greg Shue
Horace Trumbauer’s Duke Memorial Chapel
photo: Bill Harrison
Five members of NCICAA’s Board of Directors in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens


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We appreciate your interest and hope to hear from you soon!